Cherokee Silversmith General B. Grant created this award-winning piece of Native Jewelry Art. He called it 'The Chief is Present' which derives from a Cherokee Indian status, describing a person with a high level of courage and the ability to make decisions that will benefit the greater good of the community.
Three strands of meticulously handcrafted Wampum beads carry a full set of authentic bear claws from a wild Black Bear of the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Every single bearclaw is secured in a premium Sterling Silver cap decorated with a contemporary shadowbox Native feather design and is connected to the three strands of purple/white Wampum beads. Each Wampum bead is carefully handcrafted, assorted based on color and shaped to fit the evenly smooth necklace strands. This necklace combines Cherokee Master Jewelry-work, cultural value and Cherokee life style on a high artistic level. The necklace is approximately 35 inches long.
It was awarded 1st place in the 'cultural item' category at the 2013 Eiteljorg Museum Art competition in Indianapolis, Indiana.
*The purchase and/or ownership of authentic bear claws is protected in certain US States. As a business operating on Native land we can help you if you want to acquire this one-of-a-kind piece of Cherokee Indian Jewelry & Artwork LEGALLY.